Florida hos­pi­tals form­ing pe­di­atric-care part­ner­ship

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Maria Castel­lucci

Tal­la­has­see (Fla.) Me­mo­rial Health­care has part­nered with Bap­tist Health’s Wolfson Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Jack­sonville, Fla.

The part­ner­ship will in­clude the con­struc­tion of a Wolfson pe­di­atric­care cen­ter on the cam­pus of Tal­la­has­see Me­mo­rial. The Wolfson Chil­dren’s Spe­cialty Cen­ter will pro­vide pe­di­atric re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, car­di­ol­ogy and ad­di­tional spe­cialty ser­vices to pa­tients in Tal­la­has­see, south­west Ge­or­gia and south­east­ern Alabama. It’s ex­pected to open in 2018.

Tal­la­has­see Me­mo­rial, which in­cludes a 772-bed acute-care fa­cil­ity, of­fers in­pa­tient pe­di­atric care but does not have an out­pa­tient cen­ter. Wolfson will eval­u­ate pe­di­atric spe­cial­ties needed in the re­gion to de­ter­mine what ser­vices should be in­cluded at the out­pa­tient cen­ter.

The move ex­em­pli­fies a grow­ing trend of providers join­ing forces to de­velop re­gional ex­pan­sion strate­gies for chil­dren.

As health plans shift to nar­rower net­works of lower-cost providers, chil­dren’s hos­pi­tals are back­ing a bill in Congress that would give states the op­tion of es­tab­lish­ing na­tion­ally des­ig­nated chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal net­works across state lines to pro­vide care for med­i­cally com­plex con­di­tions.

Wolfson Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, a 216bed fa­cil­ity, has also opened four other spe­cialty-care cen­ters in Florida and Ge­or­gia. Tal­la­has­see Me­mo­rial serves ap­prox­i­mately 250,000 chil­dren in the re­gion.

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